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How To Treat A Spider Bite At Home
What could be the best home remedy in emergency for scorpion sting or in other words single sting? Is spider bite also treated likewise?
Scorpion sing: Put a tourniquet above the site of the sting and go to the nearest emergency department. Enveomation requires emergency attention ...Read more
It depends on type: Of spider. Wash area of bite with warm water ; soap. Dry. Apply antibiotic ointments. But seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cramping /rigidness or ulceration of skin at site. You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it has been > 10 years). Also. ...Read more
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
Observe act if need:
Spider bites can often become infected. First I would recommend that you put tea tree oil or vinegar on it and keep the area clean. If the redness starts to fade then you can just watch it. If it grows larger then I would have it checked for possible need of antibiotics.
If the spider was seen and you know it was not a brown recluse or black widow then just observe. ...Read more
Wrong question: Venomous spiders are extremely rare in Ohio and are not indigenous to your area. Neither Benadryl (diphenhydramine) nor any other antihistamine is of any use for black widow or brown recluse spider attacks. Unless you bring the spider to an EXPERT for identification, assume you have SOMETHING ELSE. The real question becomes "what is your actual diagnosis? " Since you fail to describe it, no diagnosis is possible thi ...Read more
First aid: Clean wound with antiseptic wash. Go to your dr. Or er. The spider may have been a brown recluse. ...Read more
Why?: Exactly what is your evidence for your theory? In case you saw and felt a spider attack you need to seek professional medical help without delay. There are 5 different venomous spiders in So. Africa and treatment is specific according to the species. Best to bring the spider for expert identification. If you merely have a sore on your skin and someone suggested it might be due to a spider, the tru ...Read more
First, avoid infect: A spider bite can cause a large amount of redness and swelling, and since the bite causes a break in the skin barrier, it could leave exposure to strep or staph or skin organism to get onto the soft tissues causing infection (cellulitis). So first keep area very clean. Then I suggest a mild Hydrocortisone cream 0.5% (otc), alternating with an antibiotic cream. Don't scratch! ...Read more
Generally look alike (see illustration) and it is pretty much impossible to determine the species by its bite!
Warm Soaks may be helpful to relieve swelling or pain.
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
If there is good reason to believe that the spider bite is from a brown recluse, you will receive antibiotics and tetanus prophylaxis. You will use cold compresses and observe the bite at home for a few days for signs of progression such as blistering, pain, color change in skin around bite and fever. If these appear, you need to go back to the ER.
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NOT surgery: The drug Dapsone is often advocated, but there is no firm evidence that it helps. Nitroglycerine patches may be effective; brown recluse venom constricts blood vessels and Nitroglycerin dilates them, but again, no proof that it helps. Surgery is ineffective and may actually worsen the outcome. ...Read more
Large red area from what I think is a spider bite for 3 days. Has some streaks as well. What to put on this to treat it?
Usually mean cellulitis with lymphatic spread and you need oral antibiotic therapy ASAP. ..Local treatment with antibiotic cream/ointment will probably NOT be sufficient! Suggest you contact your PCP (Primary Care Provider or arrange for VIDEOCONSULTATION (or TEXT with PICTURES using Health Tap Prime.
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
Local care: The majority of patients who experience a widow spider bite require only local care of the lesion. Patients with severe envenomations could require supportive care and monitoring for complications. General measures following a bite including cleaning the area with soap and water and oral pain meds. Treatment of muscle spasm and tetanus prophylaxis may be indicated as well. ...Read more
Need details: How do you know it is a bite? How do you know it was a spider? The majority of these are not correct diagnoses. Did you see and feel a bite? Did you identify the species? Very few spiders are venomous. Best course is to see a Dr. Unfortunately very few Drs have any knowledge or experience with actual spider bites because they are so uncommon. They happen in USA only in the SW quadrant so most Dr ...Read more
Natural Process: With injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. Swelling occurs under the skin layers and causes them to bulge creating a protective fluid cushion called a blister. As the area heals, the fluid will be resorbed or when no longer needed, the blister opens and it drains. This should take about a week. Keep it covered and protected. ...Read more
Boils: What people call 'spider bites' are rarely spider bites; they're usually abscesses (boils). The cause is usually staph. Aureus, including mrsa. Antibiotics like tmp/smx (bactrim), clindamycin, and Doxycycline can be helpful at the early stage, but by the time a boil has formed, they often have to be opened and drained. ...Read more
Unlikely: To have been a spider bite. Most of these (unless you have actually seen and identified the spider as a black widow or brown recluse), are community acquired infection with methicillin-resistant staph aureus (mrsa). Many of these are sensitive to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or Doxycycline or sometimes clindamycin. Dicloxacillin is unlikely to be effective. ...Read more
Go 2 doc/ antibiotic: A spider bite can cause a large amount of redness and swelling, and since the bite causes a break in the skin barrier, it could leave exposure to strep or staph or skin organism to get onto the soft tissues causing infection (cellulitis). So first keep area very clean, do not scratch, take antibiotic exactly as prescribed, mand follow-up making certain it is completely treated. ...Read more
No: They provide no benefit to any allergic process. ...Read more
I have been getting a rash on ankles since in malawi for 2 yrs. It was diagnosed as spider bite but returned since home for 6 months. Wat is it?
My son has a spider bite on his upper arm a lil puffy spot and hard underneath, been there for a week. How can I treat this seems to be bothering him?
Hard to say?: If it is a spider bite, perhaps you would want to be seen? Local care of any would usually consists of warm soap and water with gentle washing/scrubbing, then patting dry with a clean cloth or gauze. Application of a topical antibiotic ointment may be needed and then a loose covering usually with a non-stick (telfa) dressing. Observe for pus, redness, pain, heat, streaking up from the wound. ...Read more
How do I treat rain spider bite. Know that rain spiders is not poisonous but my finger is quite swollen and inflamed. Anything I can do?
Watch for infection: It you have no pain or discomfort, the major issue is infection. If pus starts to show up, you need to be treated with antibiotic and rarely even surgical removal of the dead tissue from a spider bite. In the meanwhile, keep the area clean and take NSAID for pain if present. ...Read more
How to treat spider bite on leg? It is red swollen and itchy, worsens when I move. Still red after 3 days from bite, doesn't seem to get better if I move
See your physician: Spider bites notoriously are slow to heal, and can leave large openings. This is something you need to discuss with your position, and you need to keep it clean and protect against infection ...Read more
I keep having red bumps/welts popping up mainly on my butt area. I Think its spider bites because I keep seeing spiders in my home but im not sure HELP?
Really impossible: To tell what they are without seeing, but doubt they are spider bites. You need to have them seen to get the proper diagnoses and treatment. Do they itch of hurt? If your scratch them a lot they could easily get infected. ...Read more
Bug bite on leg was itchy, grew and is now a round purple bruise on my leg - assuming it is a spider bite but do I need to treat or will it go away?
Get checked: May be just as you suspect, but maybe not. Best to get it checked by your MD or Dermatologist. Good Luck. ...Read more
My 3 year old Granddaughter has a spider bite on her arm. It is red with a little blister in the center. How should I treat it?
Variable: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly >. ...Read more
Variable.: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. ...Read more
Spider bites that: Cause cramping of muscles in the area of the bite, generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing & tremor (black widow). Or The surrounding skin becomes hard, swollen & can be red, white & blue. A deep lesion can develop which can eat through fat & muscle. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, generalized muscle & joint > ...Read more